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Police Entrance Test

Of all the uniformed services, the police service is the most popular. It attracts the most applications and has the choice of the highest calibre applicants. So it goes without saying that competition will be fierce and entrance requirements will be stringent. Anyone who goes into the recruitment process less than fully prepared for the police entrance exam can expect to be rejected very quickly.about

Success in the police recruitment process requires much more than just a pass in the written test. The process starts with the quality and presentation of the application form: how much attention to detail (with exact dates and information) has the candidate presented? If the application form is not up to standard, you may not even be invited to sit the Standard Entrance Test.

Once you have submitted a successful application form, you should then start full preparations for any other part of the process. You might not get much notice for the police entrance exam and you need to be ready for a fitness test to follow immediately after the written tests.

Remember there will be three tests in this order: Language, Number and Information Handling. Each test paper will last thirty minutes and the exam papers are delivered in this order without a break, so that is one and a half hours of intense concentration required across three different test areas. (One candidate commented that he had not been aware of the time frame involved and regretted he had not gone to the toilet beforehand. Since he wasn’t able to give full concentration to the police entrance exam, his performance in the exams was severely impaired. A simple mistake but with devastating consequences).

Information about the background to and marking of the police entrance test is contained within the Guidance Notes and Specimen Papers book, part of the Police Practice Papers range of books.